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3 Parts to Structuring a 45 Minute Technology Lesson

3 Parts to Structuring a 45 Minute Technology Lesson


3 Parts to Structuring a 45 Minute Technology Lesson

Hey tech teacher friends! I recently did a Facebook Live video with my 3 components of structuring a 45 minute technology lesson. In the video you will hear ideas for the following three parts that I include in every technology lesson.
1. Warm up
2. Main Event
3. Early Finishers Activities


I hope you enjoy these tips. Here is my schedule for FB Live over the next few weeks.


3 Parts to Structuring a 45 Minute Technology Lesson

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3 Things to Consider when Establishing a Classroom Entrance Procedure- For the Computer Lab

3 Things to Consider when Establishing a Classroom Entrance Procedure- For the Computer Lab


3 Things to Consider when Establishing a Classroom Entrance Procedure- For the Computer Lab

If you're a technology teacher then this post is for you! I did a Facebook Live video with 3 tips for establishing a solid entrance procedure for the computer lab. You can check that out below. These are the 3 tips I shared. 
3 Things to Consider when Establishing a Classroom Entrance Procedure- For the Computer Lab

3 Things to Consider when Establishing a Classroom Entrance Procedure- For the Computer Lab

 1. Be as consistent as possible

This just means that you need to make a decision and stick to it. Don't start the year one way and then change your mind. It confuses your students and they will act up. That being said, if something isn't working, take the time to establish and practice a new procedure. 
3 Things to Consider when Establishing a Classroom Entrance Procedure- For the Computer Lab

 2. It looks different for the big kids and the little kids

For this tip you have to watch the video. I go through the procedures I use for 3-5 versus k-2. Tell me in the comments how you do it. 
3 Things to Consider when Establishing a Classroom Entrance Procedure- For the Computer Lab

3. Practice Makes Perfect

You have to do the procedure over and over again to make it stick. If you put in the work now, the rest of your school year will go so much more smoothly. 
Now check out this Facebook Live Video:


Interested in BONUS content? Check out my free email course for technology teachers, where I walk you through everything I do to map out, plan, and assess my students. And because I want to help as much as possible, just for signing up you will receive a free printable template of my daily lesson and reflection planner (and of course some free tips). 

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How to Use Word Clouds to Inspire Higher Order Thinking

How to Use Word Clouds to Inspire Higher Order Thinking


Word Clouds are one of my favorite tools to let students use to show me what they know.

Word Clouds for Higher Order Thinking

Word Clouds are one of my favorite tools to let students use to show me what they know.

Word Clouds Require Students to Think About Which Word(s) Should Appear "Bigger" in the Cloud. 

Word Clouds are one of my favorite tools to let students use to show me what they know. ABCYa! has a great word cloud creator that can be used on any device. This is one of the first tools I teach my students to use at the beginning of the year because it has so many great applications.

Word Clouds are one of my favorite tools to let students use to show me what they know.

My Favorite Way to Use Word Clouds is as a Formative Assessment Tool for Unit Vocabulary

At the very end of a unit, after we have studied several standards in one topic, I like to assign a word cloud. Students have to put in the most relevant information. I've taught them that the more terms they include, the cooler their cloud looks. Some students choose to type sentences about what they have learned while others use it with bullet points or definitions. Any of these methods are great and lead to really high quality word clouds. 
Word Clouds are one of my favorite tools to let students use to show me what they know.

As you can see in Step 2, I chose to type a list of terms. Then I went back and typed "Matter" again so that it would show up bigger in my word cloud. Matter was the unit title so it fit with the assignment requirement. 
Word Clouds are one of my favorite tools to let students use to show me what they know.

Use the Word Cloud Editing Tools to Make it Your Own. Creativity Counts!

ABCYa! has really great editing tools for students of any age. I usually have to give my students a time limit for editing because they want to see every possible variation. When they are finally happy with the Word Cloud, it is really easy to save. I usually have them upload it to a class Padlet, but if you have another system for collecting the final images then just direct students how to turn their assignment in. 

I recently started creating 5E Science Units, and in the "Elaboration" phase, Word Clouds are one option for an independent project. If you're interested in checking out these resources, click on the picture below to see one of the Physical Science Units. The best part is that they are completely paperless!





Interested in BONUS content? Check out my free email course for technology teachers, where I walk you through everything I do to map out, plan, and assess my students. And because I want to help as much as possible, just for signing up you will receive a free printable template of my daily lesson and reflection planner (and of course some free tips). 
Word Clouds are one of my favorite tools to let students use to show me what they know.


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Science 5E Units- Particles of Matter Models

Science 5E Units- Particles of Matter Models


Do you teach your students how to make particle models for the different states of matter? Then this paperless digital unit is perfect for your classroom!


5E Science Units- Physical Science Unit 1


Do you teach your students how to make particle models for the different states of matter? Then this paperless digital unit is perfect for your classroom! 


Using the 5E Science model, this unit includes:


Engagement: Objective and engagment activities
You are going to love the I Can statement and engagement activities that come in this unit. Your students can choose to do one or both of the activities.  If you have time, the children's book Solving Dissolving is a fantastic beginners activity. 
Exploration: Virtual lab with guided notes
The lab component of any science unit is so important. This virtual lab exploration and guided notes will demystify the concepts.
Explanation: Notes, vocabulary, digital interactive notebook template, and diagrams
I did all of the work here to make your life easier. Students move through at their own pace. 
Elaboration: 4 choices for creating a visual representation of knowledge
Who doesn't love options? Students choose 2 of the 4 activities to complete at their own pace. 
Evaluation: Multiple choice questions
This particular unit includes 8 multiple choice questions to check for understanding. View the video below to see the unit. 


After you watch the video, check out this exclusive reader freebie- click to download a vocabulary poster to go along with this unit:

5E Science Model- Particle Models in Matter Vocabulary Poster



Do you teach your students how to make particle models for the different states of matter? Then this paperless digital unit is perfect for your classroom!


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Engaging 5th Grade Science Review That Will Save you Time

Engaging 5th Grade Science Review That Will Save you Time


As the school year is winding down, test prep is winding up! I've been racking my brain thinking of the most efficient way to get my 5th grade students ready for their science state test.

As the school year is winding down, test prep is winding up! I've been racking my brain thinking of the most efficient way to get my 5th grade students ready for their science state test. A good chunk of my students joined after the beginning of the school year so I have no real way of knowing what they learned prior to coming to me. This, to me, means that I need to review everything in a substantial way. It needs to be an engaging review of each unit and should include just enough information to not overwhelm them... see the dilemma?

So I sat down and started writing out the most important things in each unit. This is what I came up with:
As the school year is winding down, test prep is winding up! I've been racking my brain thinking of the most efficient way to get my 5th grade students ready for their science state test.
I cross compared my list to the percentage breakdown given by the state and I was pleased. If I can make sure my students have a good handle on the things on my list, they will be successful on the test.

Of course we need more than just vocabulary. I want them to take notes, I want them to watch videos. I want to reach as many types of learners as I can and go at their pace (the constant struggle of a teacher, I know).

I am a paperless classroom with 1:1 technology, so my method would certainly involve tech. This is the first activity I made, for Ecosystems.
As the school year is winding down, test prep is winding up! I've been racking my brain thinking of the most efficient way to get my 5th grade students ready for their science state test.

It is a little hard to see in the picture so I will explain how I included everything. I started with a box of "most important things." I color coded the vocabulary words. Then, to help them understand the topic thoroughly, I linked to 6 online interactive videos, games, activities, etc. Students can move through these interactives at their own pace. I expect my students to take notes and add to their "most important things." Then, the big vocabulary. I stopped myself at 6 terms per unit. It was difficult to choose 6 because there are dozens and of course they are all important. These are click and drag, so the students match up the term to the definition. Finally, an essential question to answer. Students type the response right on the screen. One unit done.

I continued like this for all 4 of the major North Carolina Science units for the year, but made sure to include information from all of the categories on the NC Science EOG.

My hope is that students will be engaged and interested in these activities (and learn without even realizing it). Would you link to use this resource, too? Click here to download it.

I've also started working on vocabulary pages, like this one:
I plan to use these for homework next school year. Each "week" has 3 vocabulary words, which means 4 nights of homework. We might do the definitions in class on Monday and then they only have 3 nights, but I'm not sure yet. What terms would you include in this?

Thanks for reading!

As the school year is winding down, test prep is winding up! I've been racking my brain thinking of the most efficient way to get my 5th grade students ready for their science state test.



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